SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 3, 2020
AVID BIOSERVICES, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|(State of other jurisdiction of incorporation)||(Commission File Number)||(IRS Employer Identification No.)|
2642 Michelle Drive, Suite 200, Tustin, California 92780
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (714) 508-6100
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of each Class||Trading Symbol||Name of each exchange on which registered|
|Common Stock, $0.001 par value per share||CDMO||The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC|
|10.50% Series E Convertible Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value per share||CDMOP||The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC|
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933(§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).
|o||Emerging growth company|
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|Item 5.02||Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.|
Appointment of Director
Effective December 3, 2020, on the recommendation of the Corporate Governance Committee of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Avid Bioservices, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), the Board increased the size of the Board from seven to eight and appointed Jeanne Thoma to serve on the Board until the next annual meeting of stockholders in 2021 and until her successor is elected and qualified. Ms. Thoma will serve on the Board as a non-employee, independent director, and has been appointed to the Board’s compensation committee and corporate governance committee.
Ms. Thoma, 61, most recently served as the President and CEO of SPI Pharma Inc., a global pharmaceuticals ingredients company and an innovative solutions provider of ingredients and drug delivery systems, from January 2017 to October 2020. During her 30-year career, she has successfully built high-performing businesses that are agile, innovative and consistently deliver results. Prior to SPI, Ms. Thoma held positions of increasing responsibility at Lonza AG, a Switzerland-based biotech company, most recently as President and COO of the Microbial Control Business Sector. Prior to joining Lonza, Ms. Thoma spent 14 years at BASF Corp. in the Pharma Solutions business where she held various leadership positions in Sales, Marketing and Operations. Ms. Thoma is a member of the board of directors of ANI Pharmaceuticals, Inc., integrated specialty pharmaceutical company, and serves as a member of its audit and finance committee. Ms. Thoma is also member of the Board of Advisors for the Drug Chemical and Associated Technologies Association.
The Board has determined that Ms. Thoma is “independent” as contemplated by the Nasdaq Stock Market and other governing laws and applicable regulations, including Rule 10A-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. There are no arrangements or understandings between Ms. Thoma and any other persons pursuant to which she was selected as a director. Ms. Thoma does not have any family relationships with any of the Company’s directors or executive officers. There are no transactions and no proposed transactions between Ms. Thoma and the Company that would be required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K. Ms. Thoma will enter into the Company’s standard form of indemnification agreement. In addition, Ms. Thoma will receive compensation for her service as a non-employee director and for committee service in accordance with the Company’s director compensation program, comprised of annual board and committee retainers of $55,000 and $15,000, respectively, and an initial equity under the Company’s 2018 Omnibus Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) comprised of (i) a restricted stock unit under the Plan and (ii) non-qualified option to purchase common stock of the Company under the Plan, having a total grant date fair value equal to $170,000 and each of which shall vest in three equal annual installments on the anniversary of Ms. Thoma’s appointment to the Board, subject to continued service as a director of the Company. The exercise price of the non-qualified stock option grant is $11.06, the closing price of the Company’s common stock on December 3, 2020.
On December 7, 2020, the Company issued a press release announcing the appointment of Ms. Thoma to the Board, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1
|ITEM 9.01||FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS|
(d) Exhibits. The following material is filed as an exhibit to this Current Report on Form 8-K:
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|AVID BIOSERVICES, INC.|
|Date: December 7, 2020||By:||/s/ Daniel R. Hart|
|Daniel R. Hart|
Chief Financial Officer
|99.1||Press Release issued December 7, 2020.|
|Stephanie Diaz (Investors)||Tim Brons (Media)|
|Vida Strategic Partners||Vida Strategic Partners|
Avid Bioservices Announces Appointment of jeanne thoma to Board of Directors
TUSTIN, CA, December 7, 2020 -- Avid Bioservices, Inc. (NASDAQ:CDMO) (NASDAQ:CDMOP), a dedicated biologics contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) working to improve patient lives by providing high quality development and manufacturing services to biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, today announced the appointment of Jeanne Thoma as an independent member of the company’s board of directors. Ms. Thoma is a seasoned pharmaceutical industry executive with more than 30 years of experience spanning product development and commercialization, as well as operations and supply chain management.
“On behalf of the entire board, I am delighted to welcome Ms. Thoma with her extensive pharmaceutical industry expertise to the Avid board of directors,” said Joseph Carleone, Ph.D., Avid’s chairman of the board.
“Throughout her 30-year career, which spans tenures with several global leaders in the pharmaceutical and contract manufacturing space, Ms. Thoma has achieved consistent and impressive success in establishing and growing innovative businesses. Her expertise, including her most recent role as president and CEO of a leading pharmaceuticals ingredients company, is particularly relevant to Avid’s CDMO business, offering critical value as we work diligently to continue to grow our client base and revenue,” said Nicholas Green, president and chief executive officer of Avid Bioservices. “I join our board in welcoming Ms. Thoma, as we all look forward to tapping into her broad skillset and experience to continue to strengthen Avid’s business.”
Ms. Thoma said, “It is an honor to be joining the accomplished group of professionals on the Avid Board, and the dynamic executives leading the company. It is an exciting time for Avid and I am looking forward to supporting their strategic objectives.”
During her 30-year career, Ms. Thoma has successfully built innovative, high-performing businesses that consistently deliver results. She most recently served as president and chief executive officer of SPI Pharma Inc., a global pharmaceuticals ingredients company and an innovative solutions provider of ingredients and drug delivery systems. Prior to SPI, Ms. Thoma held positions of increasing responsibility at Lonza AG, a Switzerland-based biotech company, most recently as president and chief operating officer of the microbial control business sector. Before joining Lonza, she spent 14 years within the pharma solutions business at BASF Corporation, during which time she held various leadership positions in the areas of sales, marketing and operations. Ms. Thoma is a member of the board of advisors for the Drug Chemical and Associated Technologies Association (DCAT) and currently sits on the board of directors of ANI Pharmaceuticals.
About Avid Bioservices, Inc.
Avid Bioservices is a dedicated contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) focused on development and CGMP manufacturing of biopharmaceutical drug substances derived from mammalian cell culture. The company provides a comprehensive range of process development, CGMP clinical and commercial manufacturing services for the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries. With 27 years of experience producing monoclonal antibodies and recombinant proteins, Avid's services include CGMP clinical and commercial drug substance manufacturing, bulk packaging, release and stability testing and regulatory submissions support. For early-stage programs the company provides a variety of process development activities, including upstream and downstream development and optimization, analytical methods development, testing and characterization. The scope of our services ranges from standalone process development projects to full development and manufacturing programs through commercialization. www.avidbio.com.